Cervical Cancer: The Most Preventable Female Cancer

Cervical Health Awareness Month - Get regular Pap tests.January is Cervical Health Awareness month and we’re encouraging women to learn how they can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer.  Did you know that about 79 million Americans currently have HPV, the most commonly sexually transmitted disease? Did you also know that HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer?

Now, the good news:

  • HPV can be prevented by the HPV vaccine.
  • Cervical cancer is preventable with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.

To protect yourself from HPV and Cervical Cancer, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition has issued the following recommendations:

  • Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21
  • Women to get the HPV vaccine before age 27
  • Parents to make sure their pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
  • Men to get the HPV vaccine if you are under age 22

With most insurance plans, these services are absolutely free with any plan. Check with your insurance plan to make sure.

Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy.  Click here http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/?s_cid=ecard_2009CervicalCancer to learn how you protect yourself from HPV and Cervical Cancer or talk to your healthcare provider today.  Because, your health matters.

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